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Cuckold Picasso Thrills Lance Larson’s Chilling Short Is Named An Official Selection of the Oaxaca Film Festival

Synthetic director Lance Larson's newest short, "Cuckold Picasso," is killing it on the festival circuit. The terror-inducing thriller was just accepted by the Sundance sponsored Oaxaca Film Fest, in addition to its numerous other awards and mentions.

 

It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. This isn't a film. It's an experience. — CuckoldPicasso.com

 

Synopsis:

Pablo Picasso's "1971 Harlequin Head," thought forever lost in a Romanian fire, is found vividly alive in the disturbed psyche of a tortured man's soul.

 

Although grizzly, the action and title are just strong metaphors about our need to deal with internal fears, and internal terror. It is necessary to open a third eye (symbolized in drill scene); necessary to dare to look straight on at the things we need to face. In doing so, we free ourselves to embrace and learn from the things we are prone to unnecessarily fear the most.

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BBVA Compass and Durant Team Up for KidsSynthetic's Justin Corsbie helps KD and BBVA Compass celebrate

Synthetic Director Justin Corsbie has been a Kevin Durant fan since Durant's early days playing as a Longhorn at UT, and before that as an All American in high school. Corsbie was excited to be involved with the project, and loved working with the team at o2ideas, Howard Pearlstein, Grace Roberts, and Ginger Brown.

 

The exciting event culminated in Durant donating his latest charitable gift — a new basketball court being installed at the northeast Austin charter school IDEA Rundberg. Sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, Roc Nation and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, the court received an installation celebration fit for an All Star with confetti canons, welcome banners, 600 cheering kids, and the NBA star himself.

 

Commercials and web content will roll out later this year.

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Tyler Ramsey and Walter May’s collaboration is making waves in LA's art scene

“It is the dance between chaos and chemistry that creates beauty.”

 

Tyler Ramsey is a talented abstract painter known for his freestyle technique of attacking the canvas with bold, hand painted battles. His work has inspired a boutique collection of TOMS Shoes with his signature style and a series of billboards called “Art Lives” with the outdoor lifestyle brand, RAREFORM.

 

Walter May is an esteemed film, video and advertising director and pop culture aficionado working with major brands such as Toyota, Starbucks, ESPN and Smirnoff and celebrity icons such as Katy Perry, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams and Eminem.

 

Together, their combined talents have found a magical synergy and a new genre of innovative, reflective fine art. Their defined, “celebration of collaboration” combines disciplines of painting, sculpting, photography, animation, cinematography and graphic design into a conscious, explorative process of creating art with positive meaning. “We don’t really fit the stereotype of the angst ridden artists inspired by suffering and struggle,” Walter May explains during their recent interview with Examiner. “We’ve taken a different, more positive approach to art and see it as a way to celebrate culture and innovation, and to encourage more collaboration between all artists.”

 
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Blaze Pizza Spot Goes ViralSynthetic Director Walter May's Blaze Pizza's Hidden Camera Campaign with Lebron James goes viral

Synthetic Director Walter May, who has plenty of experience working with celebrity talent like Katy Perry and Koby Bryant, recently directed LeBron James in a Blaze Pizza hidden camera spot. James poses as "Ron", an ordinary Blaze employee in Pasadena, CA, letting customers know he's shadowing to learn the ropes.

 

"Looks like Dwyane," a customer says when he sees James, confusing him with Dwyane Wade who plays for Miami Heat.

 

The hilarious spot has garnered national attention, going viral on YouTube reaching over 1.5 million views and still climbing. The story was picked up by CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, LA Times, LA Eater,  Cleveland, and Business Insider.

 
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Erik Anderson of Synthetic Pictures highlights young champions for Amazon Kindle

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Synthetic Pictures' Erik Anderson teamed up with Amazon to showcase young spelling bee champions in a fun, heartwarming, and celebratory new campaign for the Kindle, showcasing the kids as the champions they’ve trained so hard to become. In one spot, the selected finalists name the hardest words they’ve ever had to spell, including Triskaidekaphobia, Antidisestablishmentarianism, culminating with a brain-busting word we can’t even pronounce, much less spell! You have to watch the spot to even believe it. In other spots of the campaign, the kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14, show off some of their unique training methods with their parents — shooting hoops as they spell words, roller-skating with flashcards, bouncing a tennis ball in word rhythm —and discuss what it takes to become a champion.

 

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, sponsored by Amazon Kindle, is the country's largest spelling bee and operates as a not-for-profit in support of education and literacy for children. The level of work that goes into preparing for such an event is arguably on par with champion athletes. And while it's surely brains over brawn, the studying these kids go through is no joke. What's perhaps more impressive are the ways they balance their lives as champions with being regular kids. Between school, friends, family, and hobbies, their plates are enormously full. Synthetic Pictures and Amazon wanted to help recognize these young champs for their many accomplishments.

 

Director Erik Anderson thrives in cinematic, docu-style spots like these, able to capture moments of authenticity from people who may be experiencing their first on-camera interview. Working with children can present its own unique set of challenges, but Anderson is a pro, "These kids are so inspiring, driven, and wise beyond their years," says Anderson, "It was important to us and to Amazon that we let the world know how deserving they are of their accomplishment and to serve as inspiration for other kids who wish to become champion spellers themselves."

 

Synthetic produced  4 x :30 spots, as well as several additional web and social content pieces, and a still photoshoot — each highlighting a new question, and giving the contestants opportunities to open up about their training and their lives growing up as champions. "I think a word that sums me up as a champ is passionate,” says 14-year-old Peyton Wiewel of Parkville, MO, confidence shining through her eyes. Wiewel adds of the competition, "It's that internal drive that keeps them going and it's their passion for what they're doing.” Thirteen-year-old Maria Fields of Gross Pointe Park, Michigan says, “What makes a champion is that they believe in themselves and they believe they can do it before they do it.”

The bee is airing nationally May 25th and 26th on ESPN.

 

Founded in 2002, Synthetic Pictures (www.syntheticpictures.com) has offices in Los Angeles, Austin, and New York. The company boasts a diverse roster of live action directors and an accomplished visual effects division, SP/FX. They’ve worked with agencies such as BBDO, Leo Burnett, Team Detroit, GSD&M, Doner, Pitch, Publicis, JWT, Integer, 22squared, Wunderman, TM, Mithun, 360i, Phenomenon, Proof, Wilson, Luckie & Co, Agency RX, CDMi, Ramey, Tombras, LGA, Loomis, BVK, Rapp and R&R Partners on projects for clients such as Starbucks, Chrysler, Dodge, Dell, Intel, BMW, Ford, Vegas Tourism, Jennie-O, Shell, MasterCard, P&G, Special K, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Reebok, Walmart, DreamWorks, Nationwide, Canon, SunTrust Bank, Invisalign, Citgo, Honda, and the American Red Cross.

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SHOOT ONLINEEx-72andSunny Creative Walter May Joins Synthetic Pictures’ Directorial Roster

Director Walter May has come aboard the directorial roster of Synthetic Pictures. Already at his new roost he has helmed a Red Bull campaign for Omelet LA, and a LeBron James hidden camera stunt spot for Blaze Pizza.

 

May often works with celebrity talent including Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Mike Ditka, Serena Williams and Eminem. May, an L.A.-based director and former 72andSunny creative, is known for his stylized and design-driven visuals for such brands as Toyota, Starbucks, ESPN, Walmart, Activision and Smirnoff.

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SXSW#SXKO Party Highlight Reel

They Came. They Saw. They Partied.

 

Check out our kick-ass #SXKO Party Highlight Reel.

 

Synthetic Pictures and Yessian Music Team with Apache Digital, Beast and NtropicTo Start SXSW Off Right with the 4th ‘South By Kick Off’ Party

AUSTIN, TX, March 16, 2016

 

It’s hard to compete with the star power of President Barack Obama, but a quintet of advertising’s top production and post production players did just that as they marked the start of the 2016 SXSW Festival with yet another rockin’ party.

 

As ad industry professionals from around the country descended on Austin for five days of music, media, panels and partying, many made their way around Secret Service SUVs to The Belmont, scene of this year’s ‘South By Kick Off’ party, also known as #SXKO. All told more than 800 partygoers made the scene on Friday night, March 11, where the guest list included creative and production people from BBDO, DDB London, Digitas, Doner, Droga5, GSD&M, JWT, 72andSunny, Team Detroit, Publicis Frankfurt, Jung von Matt and Wieden + Kennedy/Amsterdam, as well as from other production companies and post houses.

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Director Walter May and Painter Tyler Ramsey Featured in Art Show of the Year

March 15, 2016, Playa Vista, CA -- Friendship is Magic Art Show lived up to its name Tuesday night at the Ctrl Collective in Silicon Beach. The venue, equipped with a grand entry way, diverse presentation spaces, and a community vibe, provided the perfect foundation for renowned painter Tyler Ramsey and esteemed multi-media artist Walter May to share the magic of their inspiring friendship through their groundbreaking collaboration.

 

The exhibition embodied a perfect synergy of artistic liberation and technical expertise, showcasing work in painting, sculpture, photography, animation, cinematography, and graphic design. Over fifty pieces were hung throughout the space, and many of them sold before the show even began. The entry way, with the grandeur of a castle, was lined with some of Ramsey's larger works including macro paintings of re-imagined car parts, seemingly all seeing eyes, and an impressive painted pyramid sculpture. As you descended into the venue, you emerged in a dim hallway illuminated in neon. The art, glowing symbols and pictures mounted on various textures and backgrounds, guided you towards more spaces to discover. In an area adjacent to the neon hall, there were stop motion animation videos of several paintings being made accompanied by the final products. These works are multi-layered with exciting stories. Beneath each layer of paint is a plot point, captured by May through tonally apt editing and music, all culminating in a disarray of passion and color. There was something to see everywhere you turned, the space lending itself to the artist's spontaneity and innovation.

 

Guests were encouraged to explore the venue freely, and could even check out Ramsey's paint studio in the back--a work of art in and of itself. The room was decorated with enticing painted skulls, a repurposed car door for photo ops, and painted floors nice enough to frame. The event held true to its theme, celebrating the magic of the community surrounding Tyler's art. Guests could enjoy the open bar, margarita and food trucks, music, and even create their own works of art on a thirty foot blank canvas.

 

As a highly anticipated event, over seven hundred guests attended the show, including Michael Hammer (Hammer Galleries), Paige Mycoskie (founder of Aviator Nation), actors Christina Ochoa (Matador), Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger, Social Network), Elizabeth Chambers (TV Personality), Joel Davide Moore (Avatar, Bones), Tom Schwartz & Tom Sandoval (Vanderpump Rules), Brandy Howard (The People Couch), Mark L. Young (The Comeback, We're the Millers),W and Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOMS Shoes.) TOMS collaborated with Tyler at the event alongside Ctrl Collective, Rareform, VR Scout, and Marco Garcia, art video director and Mini Bar Delivery. Tyler has worked with TOMS since 2006 usually custom hand painting shoes. However, at the event TOMS revealed their new season designs printed with some of Ramsey's best artwork. The amazing new line of shoes was displayed next to their original painted counterparts. Ramsey was recently acclaimed as the most interesting man in the art world by Argonaut, however those who attended this show might argue he's the most interesting man in any world.

 

After guests had the opportunity to discover and play (swings were installed throughout for recreation!) Tyler addressed the crowd with an energetic speech, showing his gratitude for the love he felt in the room. Throughout his speech, one of his magical friends used Virtual Reality Paint to highlight what the artist was saying. It was as if the evening itself was the final piece in his collection. To call the event an art show would be an understatement. It was more of an experience: uniquely entertaining, surprising, inspiring--and the art, of course, was unforgettable.

 

For more information about Tyler Ramsey, Walter May, and Ctrl Collective, check them out at:

 

www.ramseyart.com

www.waltermay.com

www.ctrlcollective.com

 

Director Kanyessa McMahon Joins Synthetic Pictures

NEW YORK, December 4, 2015

 

Synthetic Pictures has added NYC-based director Kanyessa McMahon to its roster for worldwide representation. Specializing in sports and entertainment content, McMahon’s longtime clients include sports apparel giants Nike and adidas. She has also worked with MTV, i am OTHER, Billionaire Boys Club, Estée Lauder, (RED), and Pacific World Cosmetics.

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Synthetic Director Erik Anderson Directs Multi-Continent Campaign for Shell

After months in the making and visiting major technology innovators on multiple continents, Synthetic director Erik Anderson delivers a multi-faceted campaign for Shell Technology Ventures. Shooting in The Netherlands, with video gathered from the Middle East and major cities in the U.S. such as Boston and Pittsburgh, Synthetic helped to profile Shell Technology Ventures (STV), the investment arm for Shell that is focused upon putting millions of dollars into innovative and clean technology companies and start-ups.

Check out the STV highlight reel >

 
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Canon Expo 2015 Sweeps Into New York Highlighting Synthetic Director Erik Anderson’s Work

Once every five years the Canon EXPO sweeps into New York City, and this year it’s highlighting some of Canon's pro customer service, Support Matters, with documentary work by Synthetic director Erik Anderson.  To show off some of the features of Support Matters, Anderson profiled Austin-based sports photographer Elizabeth Kreutz, who has traveled the world shooting Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France, and dozens of other high-profile triathletes and celebrity sports figures. Kreutz operates in fast-paced sports environments where equipment problems must be solved immediately, and she’s relied on Canon to give her the camera support she needs.

 

Shoot OnlineSynthetic Pictures’ Justin Corsbie Tackles the Legend of J.J. Watt for Ford Trucks

LOS ANGELES, October 8, 2015

 

"Did he wrangle a marlin onto his boat with his bare hands?"

"Is he sculpted like a super hero?"

"Did Sasquatch really say that he saw him once, trumping through the brush?"

 

These are all questions asked by a range of people in a series of new comedy TV spot for Ford’s F-series trucks from Team Detroit directed by Synthetic Pictures’ Justin Corsbie...

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Congratulations to one of Synthetic’s favorite go-to DP’s Tod Campbell

Vulture - How Mr Robot Became One of TV’s Most Visually Striking Shows

 

When Tod Campbell joined Mr. Robot as director of photography on its second episode, he had what Marlo Stanfield from The Wire might refer to as “one of them good problems” in deciding how to shoot it. Lead actor Rami Malek’s eyes were almost too gorgeous. “My God, Rami? I could put a light a hundred yards away and his eyes would pick it up,” says the veteran cinematographer of shows from Friday Night Lights to Sleepy Hollow. This ocular casting coup helped determine how Campbell came to shape the distinctive look of creator Sam Esmail’s twisty, anti-capitalist hacker drama, one of the summer’s standout shows (its finale airs on USA tonight). And you don’t need Malek-size eyes to see that Mr. Robot composes its shots like nothing else on television today.

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New Drive Sober Campaign Hits Air for Labor Day

Synthetic director Mike Angelo Torres’ latest campaign for Drive Sober is released just in time for the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The campaign, featuring a sexy couple at the end of a night of partying, reveals a sobering twist at the end, reminding everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

 

Synthetic Pictures Wraps Up Production for Ford with JJ Watt

Synthetic founding director Justin Corsbie wraps up a Ford commercial campaign with NFL star JJ Watt. Shot all over Houston, home of Watt’s Texans, the campaign will be airing soon. Check back for more details!

 

Synthetic Pictures hosts Cannes 2015 Pool Party

Synthetic Pictures and Yessian Music team up for a Cannes pool party. More than 200 agency and production friends attended from all over the globe -- Los Angeles, Germany, China, New York, Chicago and South Africa. Happy Cannes 2015!

 

Synthetic Director JAKO's Photograph Published In National Geographic

Congratulations to Synthetic director JAKO on his photograph “Lovers’ Night” published in National Geographic’s latest photo book Getting Your Shot. “Lovers’ Night” is also honored as being the most viewed image in the history of Nat Geo’s "Your Shot" website.

View the image on Nat Geo's site >

 
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SourceEcreative Just Breaking SpotsPeter Sorcher Directs New Campaign for Starbucks "At Home”

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2015

 

Synthetic Pictures director Peter Sorcher teams up with Integer for Starbucks to deliver a new At Home campaign. The first of 4 spots kicks off with “Book Club”.

Learn More About Starbucks At Home >

 

SHOOTSynthetic, Yessian, Union, Apache Digital and Laundry Hold ‘South By Kick Off’ Party to Get SXSW Rolling

AUSTIN, Texas, March 16, 2015

 

What better way to spend Friday the 13th than getting in the proper mood for five days of mind-expanding music, media, panels, networking and partying? That’s the idea behind the 2015 South By Kick Off party, held last Friday night in Austin. More than 600 industry insiders and tastemakers made the scene, which included agency folks from shops like GSD&M, JWT, Deutsch and others.

 

The event was co-hosted by a quintet of top players in the creation and production of advertising content. The gang of five was led by Synthetic Pictures, the L.A., New York and Austin-based production company, and Yessian Music...

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SourceEcreativeSynthetic Pictures on Funny Business

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2015

 

This year's line-up of warm and fuzzy Super Bowl spots notwithstanding, comedy is still king (or queen) when it comes to advertising. Still, what passes for funny adapts with the times, and that's no different for advertising than other pop culture forms.

 

To take a wider look at the genre, we assembled a list of suitably rib-splitting sponsor companies to weigh in with their opinions. Leading off is Synthetic Pictures, the L.A., New York and Austin, TX-based company founded by Director Justin Corsbie and EP Allison Smith...

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SourceEcreativeSynthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie is One Serious Student of Comedy

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2015

 

Justin Corsbie cautions you that when it comes to comedy, he’s quite serious. That’s not to say he lacks a sense of humor. He’s actually a hoot to hang with, according to agency clients, many whom have become friends. It’s just that to him, comedy is something you need to approach with some discipline. You need to do your homework, too, which is why he’s always going to clubs and checking out rising stand-up stars. And his sphere of reference is impressive – it’s hard to find someone so close to millennials in age who aspires to banter like Mike Nichols and Elaine May...

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Nissan Shoot UnderwayCheck Out That Rig!

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2015

 

Production is underway for a series of Nissan spots directed by Synthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie. Check out this production still that highlights the amazing technical work of our highly-accomplished, hardworking crew members.

 
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Director Jako Wins Roma Videoclip 2014

LOS ANGELES, November 25, 2014

 

The Niro's "1969" music video, directed by Synthetic's Jako, won Roma Videoclip 2014 at this year's Roma Videoclip Festival. The honor is Italy's equivalent of Best Music Video of the Year.

 
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Justin Corsbie’s Latest Tourism Campaign to Air During All-American Bowl

LOS ANGELES, January 2, 2015

 

Synthetic's work for San Antonio Tourism by director Justin Corsbie is set to air during this Saturday's U.S. Navy All-American Bowl, the annual match-up of the nation's best high school players in a West Coast vs. East Coast competition.

 

The series of three spots show San Antonio  offers something for everyone, contrasting poolside relaxation for mom with playing at the water park for the kids, romantic fine dining with an outdoor food truck picnic, a leisurely bike ride around the historic missions with the pulsating nightlife along the famous San Antonio River Walk.

 

The San Antonio spots join our reel of tourism work for organizations including Vegas Tourism, Texas Tourism, Williamsburg Tourism, and Bahamas Tourism. Work for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority made national headlines for revitalizing the attraction of Vegas during a downed economy when they took the residents of a small Texas town on vacation to Las Vegas.

 

SHOOTDirector Erik Anderson Joins Synthetic Pictures

LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2014

 

Synthetic Pictures has signed director Erik Anderson whose specialities include docu-style, lifestyle and automotive content. His clients include Microsoft, Riddell, Maria Stopes International, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Anderson’s new Riddell spot was recently shortlisted for the Clio Sports competition.

 

Anderson’s first projects with Synthetic include co-directing with Justin Corsbie a real people campaign for Williamsburg, Virginia Tourism through Luckie & Co., and collaborating with Team Detroit on a potential docu-style campaign for Ford.

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SHOOT2015 Production/Post Outlook: Diversity, Net Neutrality, Industry Feedback

LOS ANGELES, January 30, 2015

 

Synthetic Executive Producer Allison Smith featured as production and post pros share their visions, hopes, and expectations for 2015.

 

"...we envision more Mash-Ups—projects that combine components of traditional commercial production with documentary techniques, hidden cameras, takeovers, experiential marketing, public relations,  etc... with the content being delivered through broadcast, online, mobile, & social platforms along with the experiential & PR impact while being produced."

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Director Justin Corsbie Chosen to Helm His 2nd Burger King Campaign of 2014

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2014

 

Synthetic Pictures founding director Justin Corsbie helms his second Burger King campaign of 2014. The latest comedy & dialogue project, BK "Real Buddies", features the Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger, and showcases improv actors Ryan Gaul from The Groundlings and Noah Weisberg from Upright Citizens Brigade.

Watch The Broadcast Spot Here >

 
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Short Shorts

TOKYO, June 9, 2014

 

Short Shorts Winner and Synthetic director, Jako, was in the Tokyo, Japan packed audience to accept the FutureCity Yokohama Best Short Award for his multi-award winning film, "More Than Words."

Read More About The Awards Here >

 

Telly’s Highest Honor, the Silver Telly, Awarded to Allison Smith’s Human Trafficking Documentary

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2015

 

Congratulations to Synthetic Executive Producer Allison Smith, whose human trafficking documentary "Slavery Out of the Shadows" won Telly's highest honor, the Silver Telly. Out of more than 12,000 submissions, less than 10-percent are awarded with a Telly, and an even smaller percent are honored with the Silver Telly.

 

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders. Through a combination of inspiring testimonies from trafficking survivors, to expert analysis defining the scope and operation of the crime, trafficking is brought to the forefront as one of the top global crises of the 21st century.

Watch The Documentary Online >

 
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Director Erik Anderson's Riddell Spot Shortlisted for CLIO Sports Award

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014

 

Congratulations to Synthetic director/cameraman Erik Anderson, whose recent Riddell spot made the CLIO Sports Award Shortlist. The spot showcases Riddell's efforts to make football a safer game for children with helmets that protect better.

From the CLIO Awards notification: "All entries that make it this far are regarded as honorable mentions, with the Shortlist being a significant accomplishment in itself. Winners of the CLIO Sports Awards will be announced on July 17th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City."

 
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Synthetic's Jennie-O Spot Airs During Oscars Broadcast on ABC

February 23, 2014

 

Did you catch Justin Corsbie's "Taco Ride" spot for Jennie-O during last night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC?

 

Congrats to the winners and all those who were nominated.

Visit Jennie-O on YouTube >

 
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And the Gold Addy Goes to... Justin Corsbie’s Purple Spot for National Gypsum

LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2014

 

Congratulations to Synthetic director Justin Corsbie and VFX Supervisor Troy Davis, whose Purple Drywall spot won a Gold Addy in Texas and a Silver Addy in the Southeast. The spot mixes comedy & dialogue live action with VFX, watching the walls of a home peeled away to reveal Purple Drywall underneath.

 

Director Mike Angelo Torres Joins Synthetic's Growing Roster

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2014

 

Synthetic Pictures has added a pair of filmmakers to its lineup--director Jako and director/cameraman Mike Angelo Torres. The former specializes in automotive and music-driven content while Torres is known for his visual storytelling in both the general and Latin markets.

 

Torres’ previous clients include Reebok, Budweiser, Nissan, and SafeLink. He’s also directed and shot music videos for leading recording labels and well-known artists like Lil Wayne, Ben Kweller, Dizzee Rascal, and Rick Ross.

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Justin Corsbie Directs Latest for Burger King

LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2014

 

Synthetic director Justin Corsbie directed English and Spanish-language spots with Pitch Advertising for Burger King to introduce the new King Deals menu, where everything is... “Just a dollar.”

See the BK spot in Spanish >

 

Synthetic Pictures Signs Award-Winning Director Jako

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2014

 

Synthetic Pictures has added a pair of filmmakers to its lineup--director Jako and director/cameraman Mike Angelo Torres. The former specializes in automotive and music-driven content while Torres is known for his visual storytelling in both the general and Latin markets.

 

Raised in Italy, Jako originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but shifted his career toward filmmaking after crafting a music video for his band, Socadia. While he brings his skills in commercials and branded content to Synthetic, his music video collaborations with artists like Gnarls Barkley, Eric Benet, and Fatboy Slim have been featured at SXSW, Raindance, and the LA Film Festival.

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NetflixSynthetic's DMT: The Spirit Molecule is #1 on Netlfix Streaming

January 31, 2012

 

Synthetic's DMT: The Spirit Molecule is proven successful in its first week on Netflix, ranking first in number of streams.

 

The film is an investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

See The Breakdown >

 

Justin Corsbie wins Best Shorts Competition Award of Excellence for Hot Dogs

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2011

 

Justin Corsbie's Hot Dogs & Hand Grenades has received the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts competition.

 

The Best Shorts competition is a national contest that recognizes film, video, television and commercials from cinematographers, videographers, producers, directors and public relations professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in creativity and craft.

View The Complete Best Shorts Listing >

 

Synthetic's ACCCE Rodeo Sweeps National TV Awards at DC ADDYs

LOS ANGELES, March 18. 2011

 

Synthetic's director/cameraman Lionel Coleman and crew that included producer Christopher Rogers and 2nd unit DP Nathanael Vorce, is honored by the DC ADDY Awards with three recognitions for the ACCCE Rodeo spot, produced with White + Partners agency. Awards include: Cinematography Gold ADDY, National TV Silver ADDY and Sound Design Silver ADDY.

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Austin Film SocietySynthetic Pictures at Gen Art

AUSTIN, June 13, 2011

 

Synthetic Pictures was featured in Persistence of Vision, the Journal of the Austin Film Society. The publication highlights activity and achievement in Texas film production.

Read the Persistence of Vision Write-Up >

 

Synthetic's "Be the One" Gulf Oil Spill PSA Makes National Headlines

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2010

 

Synthetic Pictures director Justin Corsbie and producer Allison Smith donated their time and talent to the Be The One campaign, directing professional artists and athletes for a video urging the restoration of America's Gulf Coast after the BP Oil Leak. Some of the video participants included: Actress Sandra Bullock, musician Lenny Kravitz, Florida Marlin Clay Hensley, musician Dave Matthews, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and actress Blake Lively.

Learn More About The Campaign >

 
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Vegas Bound Campaign Makes National Headlines

NEW YORK, February 4, 2009

 

"Las Vegas has tweaked its marketing pitch several times in the past few months to try to quickly respond to changing economic conditions. But as the recession took hold and consumer confidence remained low, its marketers decided to try a completely new approach to redefining the city's image."

 

The Vegas Bound commercial and video campaign was produced by Synthetic PIctures and directed by Justin Corsbie.

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Paste Magazine - Best of Film 2008

LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2008

 

PASTE Magazine has named Call + Response one of the top 20 films of 2008. Justin Corsbie directed and Synthetic Pictures produced the musical performances of Matisyahu for the performance documentary.

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Lance Larson Signed to Synthetic Roster

LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2008

 

Synthetic Pictures announced the signing of director Lance Larson to its roster. Larson, based in Los Angeles, is an award-winning filmmaker who's best known for his stylized visuals and effects work.

 

Larson is headlining 2008 entertainment news with his highly-acclaimed short film, Bloom, which received more than nine Winner accolades at various prestigious film festivals, including the USA Film Festival, "Best Short Film" at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and "Directors Choice" at the Washington DC Shorts Festival. Universal Pictures sponsored a special screening of Larson's Bloom on the studio lot in Los Angeles, attended by top industry executives.

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Markee MagazineCover Features Justin Corsbie

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2006

 

Synthetic Pictures founder and director, Justin Corsbie, was featured on the cover of Markee Magazine for the month of March.

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Synthetic's Livestrong Spot Raises Millions for Fight Against Cancer

May 11, 2006

 

AMD's first TV ad campaign and donation goal are off to a strong start, as nearly half of the $4 million target has been raised. Synthetic PIctures and Game Plan Marketing teamed up to deliver the spots.

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Synthetic Pictures Sweeps the Aurora Awards

LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2007

 

Synthetic Pictures brings home a fantastic FIVE Aurora Awards in the Spring of 2007. The awards span the roster of Synthetic's directors, as well as categories submitted. The awards include:

 

-Gold Award in Use of Special Effects/Animation: "Words" Utah Transit Authority directed by Justin Corsbie with R&R Partners, Salt Lake City.

 

-Platinum Best of Show in Computers/Internet: "Yours is _______" Dell directed by Justin Corsbie with Dell Computers, Austin, Texas

 

-Platinum Best of Show in Entertainment/Amusement: "Ready to Live It" Dell directed by Justin Corsbie with Dell Computers, Austin, Texas

 

-Platinum Best of Show in Public Service-Non-profit Sponsor: "Hang Glider" Utah DABC directed by Scott Rice with agency R&R Partners, Salt Lake City

 

-Platinum Best of Show in Restaurant/Food Services: "Polly Pockets" McAlister's Deli directed by Scott Rice

 

Here is what the Aurora Awards say about these recognitions, "A Meaningful Award...The Aurora is hard to win, no question. We did that because the Aurora Award has to mean something! When you win an Aurora, the prestige and credibility factors for you are extremely high. For twelve years we have worked to establish that reputation. Every year we hear from people who have won other "give away" competitions who didn't win an Aurora. Rest assured that Aurora judging is stringent. Don't be discouraged from trying, though. With an Aurora entry, you are not competing against peers with potentially a much bigger budget than yours - you are competing against an absolute threshold of excellence."

 

Synthetic Founder Justin Corsbie Named Austin Under 40 Finalist

AUSTIN, March 6, 2006

 

Congratulations to Synthetic Pictures' founder, Justin Corsbie, on being named a finalist for this year's Austin Under 40. This recognition honors men and women under the age of 40 who have excelled in their field of endeavor and demonstrated service to the community - outstanding business leaders, inventors of technology, educators, lawyers, public servants, etc. They are taking risks, dedicated to their work, and shaping the future of our community.

 

Justin joins the ranks of past winners such as Michael Dell, Mayor Will Wynn, MariBen Ramsey, Lance Armstrong, Lynn Sherman, and Reid Ryan.

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